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September 30, 2014

NEW REDS FROM ITALY
Poderi Colla Campo Romano Pinot Nero, Langhe 2011: Sustainably grown Pinot Noir from Piemonte matured in oak for about 12 months and bottled without filtration. Cherry, tobacco, and subtle spice. $27
Le Casalte Rosso di Montepulciano 2012: 90% Sangiovese, 10% Cannaiolo. Full bodied and smooth, with notes of mocha and dark fruit. Finishes long and strong. Soothing! $19
Tenimenti Spinsanti Adino Rosso Conero 2012: 90% Montepulciano, 10% Sangiovese. Lady winemaker! Family run farm! Hand harvested and vinified in steel!  Pure red fruit with soft, silky tannins. $20
Fattoria Lavacchio Puro Chianti 2013: Organic Sangiovese from a beautiful Tuscan vineyard offering pretty enticing agriturismo. Can’t travel to Italy right now? This wine is the next best thing. This classic is light on it’s feet, with ripe plum and red cherry fruit, vibrant acidity, and no added sulfites. $17
Feudi Branciforti Dei Bordonaro Nero d’Avola, Sicily 2013: Round and lush with concentrated fruit and a touch of baking spice from sunny Sicily.  User friendly and crave-worthy. $13
Fabrizio Piccin Gricos Aglianico del Vulture, Basilicata 2011: Estate grown Aglianico from relatively young vines. Deep and satisfying, with a refreshing youthfulness. Full-bodied but playful, an absolute joy to drink. $15

NEW REDS FROM ITALY

Poderi Colla Campo Romano Pinot Nero, Langhe 2011: Sustainably grown Pinot Noir from Piemonte matured in oak for about 12 months and bottled without filtration. Cherry, tobacco, and subtle spice. $27

Le Casalte Rosso di Montepulciano 2012: 90% Sangiovese, 10% Cannaiolo. Full bodied and smooth, with notes of mocha and dark fruit. Finishes long and strong. Soothing! $19

Tenimenti Spinsanti Adino Rosso Conero 2012: 90% Montepulciano, 10% Sangiovese. Lady winemaker! Family run farm! Hand harvested and vinified in steel!  Pure red fruit with soft, silky tannins. $20

Fattoria Lavacchio Puro Chianti 2013: Organic Sangiovese from a beautiful Tuscan vineyard offering pretty enticing agriturismo. Can’t travel to Italy right now? This wine is the next best thing. This classic is light on it’s feet, with ripe plum and red cherry fruit, vibrant acidity, and no added sulfites. $17

Feudi Branciforti Dei Bordonaro Nero d’Avola, Sicily 2013: Round and lush with concentrated fruit and a touch of baking spice from sunny Sicily.  User friendly and crave-worthy. $13

Fabrizio Piccin Gricos Aglianico del Vulture, Basilicata 2011: Estate grown Aglianico from relatively young vines. Deep and satisfying, with a refreshing youthfulness. Full-bodied but playful, an absolute joy to drink. $15

September 30, 2014

Our new French reds:
Domaine de la Pinte Arbois ‘Pinte Bien’ 2011, 100% Poulsard from Arbois in the Jura, a light, fresh, elegant red. Biodynamic. $24
Wilfrid Rousse Chinon Les Puys 2009, 100% Cabernet Franc, concentrated and structured with 12 months in oak giving softer tannins. Organic. $23
Les Faverelles Bourgogne 2011, 100% Pinot Noir, rustic, soft, light bodied and juicy. Low sulfur and organic. $25
Chateau Jean-Pierre Gaussen Bandol 2009, 95% Mourvedre with a little Grenache from Bandol, this shows blue and black fruit with black pepper, floral, and smoky undertones. No pesticides or fertilizers. $50
Cuvee des Princes D’Orange Cote du Rhone Village 2011, A Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre blend with perfect balance between blackcurrant fruit and oak with a peppery note. $16
Saint Joseph Rouge ‘Le Prieure D’Arras’ Becheras Cuvee Tradition 2010, Northern Rhone Syrah from the Ardeche from high altitude vineyards, this wine shows purity and concentration with blackberry fruit, violet, cassis and black pepper notes. Aged for 24 months in large oak barrels, and bottled unfined and unfiltered. Sustainable. $30

Our new French reds:

Domaine de la Pinte Arbois ‘Pinte Bien’ 2011, 100% Poulsard from Arbois in the Jura, a light, fresh, elegant red. Biodynamic. $24

Wilfrid Rousse Chinon Les Puys 2009, 100% Cabernet Franc, concentrated and structured with 12 months in oak giving softer tannins. Organic. $23

Les Faverelles Bourgogne 2011, 100% Pinot Noir, rustic, soft, light bodied and juicy. Low sulfur and organic. $25

Chateau Jean-Pierre Gaussen Bandol 2009, 95% Mourvedre with a little Grenache from Bandol, this shows blue and black fruit with black pepper, floral, and smoky undertones. No pesticides or fertilizers. $50

Cuvee des Princes D’Orange Cote du Rhone Village 2011, A Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre blend with perfect balance between blackcurrant fruit and oak with a peppery note. $16

Saint Joseph Rouge ‘Le Prieure D’Arras’ Becheras Cuvee Tradition 2010, Northern Rhone Syrah from the Ardeche from high altitude vineyards, this wine shows purity and concentration with blackberry fruit, violet, cassis and black pepper notes. Aged for 24 months in large oak barrels, and bottled unfined and unfiltered. Sustainable. $30

September 30, 2014

Our new Bordeaux:
Jean Marc Barthez Bordeaux Rouge 2011, 50% Merlot, and 25% each of Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc, this wine is light and earthy with fresh acidity and no oak making it a delicious, easy-drinking red that is delicious with a slight chill. $13
Domaine des Justices Bordeaux Supérieur 2012, a blend of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, this shows dark berry fruit and retains an elegance and purity from no oak influence. $15
Croix de Beaucaillou Saint-Julien 2007, from the Haut-Medoc, a Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot blend from hand-harvested vines, are aged for 12 months in up to 40% of new French oak, giving a classic, elegant expression. $65

Our new Bordeaux:

Jean Marc Barthez Bordeaux Rouge 2011, 50% Merlot, and 25% each of Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc, this wine is light and earthy with fresh acidity and no oak making it a delicious, easy-drinking red that is delicious with a slight chill. $13

Domaine des Justices Bordeaux Supérieur 2012, a blend of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, this shows dark berry fruit and retains an elegance and purity from no oak influence. $15

Croix de Beaucaillou Saint-Julien 2007, from the Haut-Medoc, a Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot blend from hand-harvested vines, are aged for 12 months in up to 40% of new French oak, giving a classic, elegant expression. $65

September 30, 2014

Our new French sparklings:
Jean-Pierre Robinot Les Opera des Vins NV, a petillant naturel from the Loire made from Chenin Blanc and Pineau d’Aunis with exciting honey and mushroom notes. Biodynamic. $30
Champ Divin Brut Rose 2012, a classic method sparkling from the Jura that is very dry with bright strawberry and raspberry notes and elegant, fresh minerality. Biodynamic. $30
Domaine Tissot Cremant du Jura NV, an elegant, fresh sparkling of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir with white floral and green apple notes. Biodynamic.$35
Henriet-Bazin Blanc de Blancs NV from Villers-Marmery in Montagne de Reims, a premier cru village, this is 100% Chardonnay. Soft, fresh, and creamy with white fruit and citrus notes, pure, chalky minerality, and a subtle salinity. $54
Henriet-Bazin Blanc de Noirs NV from Verzenay and Verzy, grand cru villages, this is 100% Pinot Noir. Smooth, creamy, dense with biscuity and stone fruit notes, good structure, and chalky minerality. $54

Our new French sparklings:

Jean-Pierre Robinot Les Opera des Vins NV, a petillant naturel from the Loire made from Chenin Blanc and Pineau d’Aunis with exciting honey and mushroom notes. Biodynamic. $30

Champ Divin Brut Rose 2012, a classic method sparkling from the Jura that is very dry with bright strawberry and raspberry notes and elegant, fresh minerality. Biodynamic. $30

Domaine Tissot Cremant du Jura NV, an elegant, fresh sparkling of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir with white floral and green apple notes. Biodynamic.$35

Henriet-Bazin Blanc de Blancs NV from Villers-Marmery in Montagne de Reims, a premier cru village, this is 100% Chardonnay. Soft, fresh, and creamy with white fruit and citrus notes, pure, chalky minerality, and a subtle salinity. $54

Henriet-Bazin Blanc de Noirs NV from Verzenay and Verzy, grand cru villages, this is 100% Pinot Noir. Smooth, creamy, dense with biscuity and stone fruit notes, good structure, and chalky minerality. $54

September 30, 2014

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STAFF PICKS

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September 18, 2014

Sweater weather is better weather for drinking wine.

Red Wine Tasting Tonight 6-9pm

Come taste wine from Argentina, Southern Italy, and Bordeaux.  

Nothing like a little wine and cheese to take the chill out of the air.  If you still need some help after that, Duke’s is pouring RUM tonight, same time!

DIAMANDES PERLITA MALBEC-SYRAH 2012 ARGENTINA

A long time favorite here at Dandelion for it’s drinkability and value. Malbec and Syrah come together as harmoniously at the modern design of the winery does with its dramatic mountainous backdrop. In 2005, the Bonnie family, owner of renowned Chateau Malartic-Lagraviere and Chateau Gazin Rocquencourt, decided to leave France in search of new horizons in the world of wine. It all began with the acquisition of a single 130 hectare block of land in the hear of the Uco Valley, to the south of Mendoza. By the Andes Mountains, Bodega DiamAndes boasts an ideal terroir; temperate climate due to the altitude and sandy soils with large amounts of rock, allow Malbec, Argentina’s king varietal to fully express itself.  $13

I CAPITANI GUAGLIONE IRPINIA AGLIANICO 2010 ITALY

Some argue that Aglianico is the most important red grape of Southern Italy and it’s in the inner part of Campania where it reaches its maximum expression. This is a young and fruity example of Aglianico called “Guaglione” which loosely translates to “Dude”. There is no oak used in making this wine so the result is bright and fresh. Or as the producer describes, “Straightforward and sincere, as only the youth can be.” Speaking of the producer, the family has been farming and cultivating the land in Torre le Nocelle, a small town in the heart of Irpinia, for over a century. The wine is delicious and a great match for… you guessed it… PASTA! Carb up. Drink up. Warm up.  $20

CHATEAU DE CERONS GRAVES 2010 BORDEAUX FRANCE

 Chateau de Cerons is a lovely manor house, and now a listed historic monument built in the early 18th century on a terrace overlooking the Garonne River. Xavier and Caroline Perromat took over the management of their family’s estate in 2012. Caroline came to Dandelion Wine earlier this year and was as charming as her wines. The Cerons appellation, bordering Sauternes, is one of the oldest appellations of Bordeaux and an enclave in the Graves region. They make a red, a dry white, and a sweet white named for Cerons, similar to Sauternes. We bought both the red and the sweet white. (Maybe we’ll crack a bottle of that tonight too.) We loved the 2010 Rouge because it was so drinkable right out of the bottle, unlike so many Bordeaux we taste that need to lay down for a decade or 2. Come see for yourself!  $32

September 11, 2014

Tonight we welcome our friend Anthony Lamonaca of Golden Vines Imports.  Anthony has become family to us here at Dandelion Wine.  He rarely shows up without a bag of goodies for us from his favorite spots in the neighborhood or his recent travels to Europe.  We’ve been to his house in Westchester for dinner and he gives me a hard time when I take too much time off from work.  Anthony was born and raised in Williamsburg.  He made wine for 20 years there while working a finance job downtown.  Seven years ago he left his trader job and started working in every facet of the wine industry (restaurants, retail, distribution) before starting his very own importing business.  

Tonight is as much about him as it is his wine for which we share a mutual passion for.  A guy like Anthony wouldn’t import just any wine… come taste his “old-school” selections tonight from 6-9pm.  

And after you gobble on some cheese from Eastern District and sip on our wine, wander over to Duke’s Liquor Box for an ABSINTHE tasting!  

Daniel Reverdy & Fils 2012 SancerreLoire Valley, France

 Who doesn’t love a great Sancerre?  This is Dandy’s favorite at the moment.  Crisp, clean minerality and mouth-watering acidity makes this the perfect wine for these humid NYC days or the perfect wine to pair with dinner of all kinds.  Very food friendly, versatile, and complex.  $22 

Colle di San Domenico 2012 Falanghina Campania, Italy

Falanghina?  What’s that, you say?  Awesome stuff.  This is one of our best values in the shop, but not as popular as it should be maybe due to it’s strange name.  When we open it, everyone loves it.  It’s dry and round with a hint of almond and smoke.  Pair with seafood or Chinese take-out.  $13 

Il Fitto 2009 Syrah Cortona Tuscany, Italy

 Another wine that everyone loves once we open it and pour it into their glass.  100% Syrah from Tuscany aged 15 months in oak barrels.  As the temps drop we start roasting birds and game again… this wine is what you want as the leaves fall.  Also great with cheese.  Come see for yourself.  $16

Bricco Maiolica 2012 Dolcetto Diano d’Alba Piemonte, Italy

 What an elegant example of Dolcetto…  This wine is dark and mysterious.  When I think of what to write, I keep coming up with dark fruit and earth.  It’s full and dry, yet I can’t place my finger on what makes this wine so good every time I have it.  It’s a mystery, but the very best kind.  It’s wine like this that gets me excited for snow.  $23

 

September 7, 2014